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Book News: David Gregory To Write Book About Judaism

6 hours 30 min ago

Also: How to tell you're in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway's letters.

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Songs Of Innocence And Bitter Experience In 'Dreamless Dead'

6 hours 52 min ago

Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.

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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too

8 hours 59 min ago

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature

8 hours 59 min ago

In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:01pm

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:54pm

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.

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